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Our Programs

Young Students
Explorers and Navigator Kinder
4,5,6,7 -year olds
Tues, Wed. Thurs (9:00 –11:45)
11:45-1:00 Parent Ed / Lunch

Explorers and Navigators 3-Day Program for 4 through 7-year-olds. The Explorers and Navigator Kinder Programs are geared for children who are four years old by September 1st and meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:45 am.

 

The children are encouraged to explore their environment and develop social skills. The children learn their ABCs, numbers, days of the week, and other concepts to be prepared for Kindergarten and First grade by the end of the school year. Parents model good communication skills with their children.

 

Regularly, the children also participate in hands-on art, science, and cooking projects that generally fit a weekly theme. Field Trips are planned by the parents throughout the year. Parents attend parent education on their work days, 11:30 to 1:00 pm while other member parents watch the children.

Doodlebugs and Sprouts
2 and 3-year olds
Tues & Thurs, (9:00 –11:45)
11:45-1:00 Parent Ed / Lunch

Doodlebugs and Sprouts / 2-Day Program for 2 and 3-year-olds The Doodlebugs and Sprouts Program is geared for children who are two and three years old by September 1st and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:45 am.

 

The children are encouraged to explore their environment and develop social skills. Parents learn to model good communication skills with their children. Regularly, the children also participate in hands-on art, science, and cooking projects that generally fit a weekly theme. Parents attend parent education on their workday from 11:30 to 1:00 pm while other member parents watch their children.

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General Purposes of Parent Education

To provide information on all areas of child development, to help parents use positive discipline and guidance techniques, to increase parent-child communication, to teach parents how to work with groups of children, to promote awareness of individual differences and needs, to offer parents greater self-awareness, to help parents develop a parenting style congruent with their values and the individual needs of their children, to develop positive family relationships, to increase awareness of professional and community resources.

Register for the Fall

Play Pod for Homeschooling families by contacting a parent already enrolled in the Pod.

Some of the requirements at HTHPIP are:

 

  • Participate one day per week (workday)

  • Attend parent education classes on workday.

  • Approximately once a month (on a non-workday) supervise children as a “lunch duty” parent while others attend parent education.

  • Other additional participation requirements are stated in the Heart to Hearts Parent Handbook

 

Write Us at hearttoheartspip@aol.com for more info

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FAQ's

1 / What is parent education and participation in playschool/ preschool for homeschooling families?

A parent education and participation, or cooperative, preschool is a nonprofit, organization where each family shares in the planning and operation of the program. Parents participate in the program once a week on their assigned day, serving as assistants to a professional teacher and staff. The adults attend weekly parenting classes and observe the children in the play school. The efforts of parents and their direct involvement during the day make parent participation play schools a unique educational endeavor and provide an essential support group for growing families.

2 / How do parent participation play schools benefit the child, the parents, and the community?

The child gains the ability to relate to and communicate with other children, as well as adults.



The child experiences a variety of play equipment, expressive materials, and media, resulting in a positive attitude towards learning.

The child also gains self-esteem.



​The parents gain an opportunity to learn and develop with their child as well as an increased awareness of the role of education in developing an effective and satisfying family life. 

The community gains children who are learning respect for others, and families with a sense of community responsibility.

3 / What is the history of the parent participation movement?

In 1915, faculty wives at the University of Chicago started the first parent-participation nursery school. They wanted to provide a social experience for their children and parent education for themselves. The first parent-participation nursery school in California was organized in 1929 in Berkeley and is still in operation today.

Schedule of daily activities

9:00-10:30

Learning centers: painting, crafts, manipulatives

10:55-11:20

Outside play

10:30-10:45

Circle time: discuss weekly theme, calendar, music, Bible stories on Thursdays

11:20-11:45

Group activities: Stories, music and movement, sharing​

10:45-10:55

Snack

12:00-1:00

Lunch: Parenting class, outside or inside play

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